The Phillies have placed closer Ryan Madson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right big toe. He injured himself after kicking a metal chair last Wednesday after blowing a save. That was very mature of him. Madson has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in which he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. The Phillies have activated Brad Lidge off the D.L. and they have also recalled 24-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo. Lidge will likely take back over as the closer for the Phillies. He pitched in 8 games (3 starts) on his rehab assignment in A+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Lidge will be better this season than he was in 2009. In 2009, Lidge pitched in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. If he can’t handle the job while Madson is out of action the Phillies could be in big trouble with the bullpen. Antonio Bastardo has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He never deserved to be sent to the minors in the first place so the Phillies think he will pitch well for them.
UPDATE: (5/5/2010) - Madson had surgery to repair his broken toe which will keep him out of action for at least the next 8 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Phillies as they must now trust Brad Lidge again as the closer with very few alternatives.